Alan and Angela Harper reveal plans in collaboration with Michael Caines for Palé Hall, North WalesSteeped in rich history and surrounded by the stunning Welsh valleys on the edge of Snowdonia National Park, the reimagined Grade II listed Palé Hall by new owners Alan and Angela Harper is set to be unveiled later this summer. Palé Hall will launch as one of the UK’s finest destination country house hotels with renowned Chef Michael Caines working in collaboration with the Harpers to add an exclusive fine dining restaurant.
Alan and Angela have personally overseen the refurbishment, choosing every last detail themselves and creating a peaceful and luxurious retreat surrounded by natural beauty and accompanied by the finest wines and foods.
Palé Hall is one of Wales’s most important surviving homes with a fascinating history dating back to the late 19th century when Henry Robertson, a railway engineer, industrialist and contemporary of Brunel, bought the estate as a grand personal project at the end of his transformative career in building public works. Since construction, the manor house has played host to some of Britain’s most famous figures including Queen Victoria and Winston Churchill.
In its new chapter as a hotel, 18 guest bedrooms and suites have been transformed and individually designed with their own style and personal identity. The guestrooms use soft yet playful Zoffany furnishings and quintessentially British William Morris prints. Each room holds its own history, such as the aptly named Victoria Suite, home to the bed that Queen Victoria once slept in and her original bath. Another highlight is the wood panelled Robertson Suite where Churchill is alleged to have played snooker on his many visits to Palé Hall. Furthermore, every guestroom enjoys a stunning view across the rural Welsh landscape, with window seats or deeply comfortable sofas and armchairs from which to watch the world go by.
One of the UK’s most talented and well-known Chefs Michael Caines, who previously held two Michelin stars at Gidleigh Park, is the driving force behind the development of food and beverage at Palé Hall, ensuring that fine-dining is at the heart of this new hotel. A Head Chef will be appointed and announced later this year. The three dining areas at the manor house will provide breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, each with a different look and feel. The largest of them is the grand main dining room, followed by the Venetian themed alternative dining room and finally the intimate library complete with original stencilling restored by Angela Harper herself, the perfect setting for private dining. Michael Caines’ signature menu will focus on the fantastic local produce surrounding the hotel, delivered with absolute professionalism in preparation, presentation and service.
Two drawing rooms both with large comfortable sofas and armchairs are delicately decorated as befits a luxurious country home. Floor to ceiling windows make the ground floor living rooms the perfect place to relax with a book, board game or pre-dinner drink. The piano situated in Palé Hall’s main entrance hall will play a central part, with Palé Hall hosting musical evenings for both guests and locals alike.
With the surrounding natural landscape, an important focus for Palé Hall will be the outdoor activities offered in the grounds of the hotel and nearby. Guests can enjoy countless walks and hikes from Palé Hall’s front door, and as dog lovers themselves, Alan and Angela will welcome dogs to the hotel while also giving them little treats from the kitchen, and the use of personalised Palé doggy towels. During the seasons, Palé Hall will be able to organise shooting parties in the surrounding estates, and also trips to local fishing beats on the neighbouring streams and rivers that are renowned for their salmon and trout.
In the heart of the North Welsh countryside, Palé Hall is set to become one of the UK’s leading country house hotels with an emphasis on luxurious weekends away, delicious fine-dining from the acclaimed Michael Caines, and the stunning natural surroundings.